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Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) Today, 09:27 AM
Replies: 9
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Posted By John MS
I rarely promote car leasing over owning. It...

I rarely promote car leasing over owning. It might work for someone who really wanted the thrill of driving an Alfa for 3 years. Pay the price, have fun and let Alfa take care of the repairs. Only...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) Yesterday, 05:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 110
Posted By John MS
That said I would work from the battery forward....

That said I would work from the battery forward. Check connections for a good solid, clean electrical connection. Also look at cable and wire for solid insulation, intermittent shorts, breaks. And...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) Yesterday, 02:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 110
Posted By John MS
You may want to ask your question in the forum...

You may want to ask your question in the forum for your model BMW. This is for 3 series from 2012 forward.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) Yesterday, 12:40 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By John MS
Suggest that you base your decision to buy on...

Suggest that you base your decision to buy on driving both cars the way you plan to use them. Road tests are a starting point. They are an opinion that may be influenced by commercial...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) Yesterday, 12:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 326
Posted By John MS
Have you priced BMW parts? I believe BMW offers...

Have you priced BMW parts? I believe BMW offers a long life pad.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) Yesterday, 04:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 326
Posted By John MS
Standard brakes should provide more than enough...

Standard brakes should provide more than enough stopping for your situation. Please give some specifics about how they are coming up short.

Just painting the calipers will make a visible change...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-04-2020, 02:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 423
Posted By John MS
In the race to make 25 minutes be sure to not...

In the race to make 25 minutes be sure to not overtighten the drain plug or filter housing. Slowing down to do it right has worked.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-04-2020, 01:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 215
Posted By John MS
It may be the trans or something else. Include...

It may be the trans or something else. Include that with checking out the timing chain with a BMW mechanic.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-03-2020, 06:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 215
Posted By John MS
The ticking sound is likely the normal clatter...

The ticking sound is likely the normal clatter from direct fuel injection.
Timing chain and guide has been a problem for a small number of owners. What you may want to do is have a good BMW...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-01-2020, 03:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 185
Posted By John MS
Strongly suggest you have a good local BMW...

Strongly suggest you have a good local BMW mechanic analyze the codes. FWIW I have had good luck with AutoScandia and BMW Alexandria.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-30-2020, 05:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 303
Posted By John MS
I wonder if there is a poor connection, abraded...

I wonder if there is a poor connection, abraded wire, bad ground, etc.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-29-2020, 02:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 303
Posted By John MS
Are readings slow to change? Or something else?

Are readings slow to change? Or something else?
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-28-2020, 08:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 304
Posted By John MS
I have yet to encounter the profiling mentioned...

I have yet to encounter the profiling mentioned above. The way one drives is far more likely to draw disapproving looks and negative comments than the brand name. I agree about run flat tires. ...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-28-2020, 07:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 361
Posted By John MS
Get a price from your dealer. Then set that...

Get a price from your dealer. Then set that money aside now or in 12 monthly deposits into a bank account. In the unlikely event you have significant covered repairs in the 6th year just tap into...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-27-2020, 10:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 304
Posted By John MS
Nice car for what I assume is a rising12th...

Nice car for what I assume is a rising12th grader. It will work just fine for college too. I would walk her through the various status screens. Most important would be upcoming service information...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-27-2020, 10:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 299
Posted By John MS
Does the smell go away after running the engine? ...

Does the smell go away after running the engine?
If not then the cat is dying. Does your car have to pass an emissions test to be registered?
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-27-2020, 09:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 381
Posted By John MS
1. Buying at the lease end has the distinct...

1. Buying at the lease end has the distinct advantage of getting a used car that you are familiar with. No surprises. Just be sure to compare the price to similar cpo vehicles.

Continuing to...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-24-2020, 01:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 164
Posted By John MS
Any model car can have a head gasket failure....

Any model car can have a head gasket failure. Most do not fail. Over the 6 years you have owned the car has it ever overheated? Gone low on coolant?

You could have it checked by another BMW...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-24-2020, 07:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 336
Posted By John MS
Cars are remarkable for the similarity of many...

Cars are remarkable for the similarity of many components, regardless of whether it is European, Korean, American or Japanese brand. Wheel bearings, tires, cv joints , brake rotors and pads are all...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-22-2020, 07:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 288
Posted By John MS
You need someone with experience to look over any...

You need someone with experience to look over any used car before purchase. The problems in that 550i would have been spotted by a good BMW mechanic doing a pre-purchase inspection. A 2012 328i...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-22-2020, 07:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 803
Posted By John MS
It's a feature designed by BMW to get components...

It's a feature designed by BMW to get components up to an efficient temperature. Solution is to either drive the car or wait for a moment.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-17-2020, 05:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 223
Posted By John MS
Buzzing could be a fan. Either ac or engine.

Buzzing could be a fan. Either ac or engine.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-17-2020, 02:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 523
Posted By John MS
Good all weather floor mats. Better speakers.

Good all weather floor mats.
Better speakers.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-17-2020, 01:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 261
Posted By John MS
Water damage?

Water damage?
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-16-2020, 01:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 274
Posted By John MS
Auto stop start can make a difference in heavy...

Auto stop start can make a difference in heavy traffic. That said it was put to sleep on my 2014 328i shortly after September 2014. After 85k miles the original battery is still working fine.
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